I like to compare a career coach to a basketball coach. Basketball coaches motivate, teach, push, give advice, recognize strengths and weaknesses hold players accountable, and ultimately get the best out of their players. Career coaches do very similar things with those who they are charged with serving. I don’t take a “cookie cutter” approach to career coaching. I believe that there are many different ways of obtaining a job. I recognize my clients strengths and weaknesses and build career plans and job search strategies around their strengths. Similar to a basketball coach, it is important to set expectations with clients before service is started. I inform my clients how much time is needed to conduct an effective job search as well as where to dedicate their time if they are to be effective.

“I don’t believe that there is only one way to get a job, I recognize my client’s strengths and weaknesses and build career plans and job search strategies around their strengths”.

In the midst of setting expectations, pushing, holding them accountable, and teaching my clients how to be effective in obtaining their dream jobs, some hate me during the process but when they find a job they ALL love me. I failed to mention that some have even decided not to move forward with service because after hearing the expectations, they realized they did not have the time or did not want to put in the handwork that is needed to conduct a job search. As a part of my job, I have to look deeply into what clients were doing before they started working with me in their efforts to find employment and most times guide them down a different path. Many clients are uncomfortable with the idea of getting out of their comfort zones and trying a new approach, even though I explain that more than likely they will have to do so before service is rendered. Basketball coaches push their players out of their comfort zones on a regular basis in order for them to grow. In life there is no growth if you never get out of your comfort zone.

“In the midst of setting expectations, pushing, holding them accountable, and teaching my clients how to be effective in obtaining their dream jobs, some hate me during the process but when they find a job they ALL love me”.

Like a basketball coach my job is not to become friends with my clients but to empower them with the knowledge needed to obtain employment. Sometimes it takes me to push them out of their comfort zones and hold them accountable to get the best out of them to achieve their goal of obtaining employment. During the process my clients learn what their strengths are as well and are able to speak to them much better when speaking with employers. So many clients tell me at the end of service, how happy they were to work with me and that I pushed them. Some may have had to adjust to a new approach to finding employment, but in the process was empowered to even help some of their family and friends find employment. Like a basketball coach I am happy to be a part of the process that helps a person improve their livelihood for their families. Sometimes I have to push people to work harder and to get out of their comfort zones and they don’t like me during those times, but in the end, they ALL love me when they are asking me how to negotiate salary.

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